Meaning of “windfall” in the English Dictionary

"windfall" in British English

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windfallnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈwɪnd.fɔːl/ us /ˈwɪnd.fɑːl/

windfall noun [ C ] (FRUIT)

a piece of fruit blown down from a tree:

I tend to leave the windfalls for the birds to pick at.

(Definition of “windfall” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"windfall" in American English

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windfallnoun [ C ]

us /ˈwɪndˌfɔl/

an amount of money that you receive unexpectedly:

The Belridge School, after receiving a financial windfall, purchased computers for all students and teachers.

(Definition of “windfall” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"windfall" in Business English

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windfallnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈwɪndfɔːl/ us FINANCE, TAX

an amount of money that you receive unexpectedly:

get/have/receive a windfall Investors each received a windfall of $5,000.
cash/financial/tax windfall The investment firm unveiled a cash windfall for shareholders worth up to $650m.
windfall gains/profits Staff stood to make substantial windfall gains from share options.

(Definition of “windfall” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)